Seeing Finance in 360°

Hey there TAL listeners!

Aneil has been working on a project centered on capturing the experience of working in finance with a fellow anthropologist and a filmmaker in London, and wanted to share it with you. Check it out:

Visualizing Finance: An Anthropology and Film Collaboration in London

Hi everyone, Aneil here. While Adam and Ryan have been holding things down at This Anthro Life (And managing our awesome ongoing Patreon campaign to make TAL financially sustainable!), I have been off doing fieldwork in London amongst climate finance practitioners: people involved in an emerging sector of finance dedicated to shifting capital into investments that could help humanity adapt to and mitigate climate change. Lots of cool stuff that I’m sure you’ll all get to hear about in future posts.

Now at This Anthro Life, we love to share anthropological knowledge in formation and in that vein, I want to tell you a little about a project that developed while I was in the field in the summer of 2016 with a fellow anthropologist/climate finance practitioner and a filmmaker.

I met Olivia Seddon-Daines in July 2016 through a colleague of hers who said I had to meet the fellow anthropologist he worked with. Olivia, who studied anthropology as an undergraduate and masters student, was working on a project to map the financial sector as a Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab, and we talked about how we could collaborate to communicate and capture through different mediums the everyday experience of life in finance. Our goal was to make this sector that has such a tremendous impact on our lives more transparent to society at large.

To this end, Olivia introduced me to Katherine Waters, a filmmaker and Masters student at the London Film School, and we thought that a first project could be capturing the everyday of financial work on Level 39, a financial technology innovation hub in Canary Wharf, London.

With a 360-degree video camera, Katherine recorded locations throughout Level 39, at all times of day and in all directions. She captured white collar employees busy at work on their laptops, computers, smartphones, and paper, as well as sunsets and the static noise of air conditioning and monitors. The videos produced were divided into approximately 2-minute- clips and uploaded to YouTube.

Now that the videos are online, I thought that it would be a good time to record a quick reflection on the project, and give you, the TAL audience, a chance to experience the videos and give us feedback as we continue to develop this work: Listen to my reflection on the project with Olivia here.

Check out a sample of the 360 videos on Katherine Waters’s website and for the full display of the Level 39 videos click here.

Let us know what you think, and any thoughts you might have on finance as an industry and its impact on your world. This is an ongoing project so we are very welcome to suggestions about what to do next.

[email protected] | @AneilT || @_kwaters_

Cheers! Aneil

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